April 12, 2010 | Drew Bartlett
Well to start off, we rushed to get to the concert early because we had originally had an interview with ADTR at 5:30. Of course, the press/guess list wasn’t even there and the band had no idea about it. We happened to meet up with the drummer from ADTR, Alex Shellnut, and spoke with him about our troubles. After a few phone calls and a half hour later we were all set for 2 tickets, a photo pass, and an interview with A Day To Remember at 7:30.
We were let in the concert first because we were press and it was a really cool atmosphere. This was the first time I had been there personally. Soon after we were let in, the rest of the people were too and it filled up fast. It was a sold out show and there was barely room to breathe wherever you went.
First up was a band from Georgia called Veara. They played a pretty impressive set and got the crowd pretty pumped up for the rest of the show. They had a girl drummer who was very talented. It was surprising to see such power and rhythm coming out of a small girl like her. Either way, they did a good job.
After Veara was Enter Shikari. They were an pretty intense hardcore band from Britain I believe. They certainly made the crowd move. Their music wasn’t so much my style so I didn’t really enjoy them so much. Anyways, I watched from side stage with the rest of the photographers.
After a few hours of waiting and being nervous, we got a text from ADTR’s tour manager and said it was time for our interview. Stephen and I both met up with him and got to go into a real cool room back stage. We met with Neil and Kevin of ADTR and had an awesome interview that you can find here. The interview honestly couldn’t have gone better. They guys both joked with us and really made it enjoyable. Even as I was leaving Neil offered me a “meat and chip sandwich” which I regret denying now. Overall, that was an awesome experience and I’m real glad I got to be a part of it.
Once we got back from the interview, Silverstein had already began their set and we weren’t able to get in for pictures. The songs I saw were pretty good. I wasn’t really familiar with them either but I enjoyed the set. The crowd once again was pretty intense. There were constant circle pits and fights breaking out in the crowd. I was glad to be sitting on the side of the stage then being in the pit.
Up next was August Burns Red and it was my turn to take photos. I went up and waited for them to come out. As they came out the crowd went wild. They too were very heavy and not really my style. As the music came out of the speakers that I stood in front of it almost felt like my body was floating from the sound waves. That music was LOUD. I am very thankful that Stephen brought extra ear plugs or I most likely would have lost some hearing last night. After a long set, they were done.
Finally after a long night of waiting, ADTR came out. They started by playing a cool video on a screen where the band was backstage ready for the show and Jeremy was nowhere to be found. They called Jeremy and found out he was in Paris eating food when they needed to be on stage in 2 minutes. Jeremy assured them he would be there by using his new “Teleport App” from his iPhone. With all that, the show started.
They opened up with “The Downfall of Us All” and the place was absolutely crazy. Stephen went up and took photos and I was very jealous but oh well, it’s his favorite band. They played through all their big songs including “Have Faith In Me”, “I’m Made of Wax Larry, What Are You Made Of?”, and more. After an awesome set, they left stage and came back for an encore and played “If It Means a Lot To You”. Finally they ended the show with their last song and I decided to go crazy and get in the pit with the rest of the crowd. It was absolutely crazy in there and I loved it.
Overall this concert was one of the best I have EVER been to. They put on an amazing show and I am definitely going back to see them next time around and I encourage you to do the same!